As our first ever From The Horse’s Mouth Punters’ Panel was a resounding success, we decided to keep you lot happy and bring it back for a second episode.
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We allow you, our beloved listeners, to join us and put a few questions to the lads. Ruby Walsh, Paddy Power and Frank Hickey were joined by Philip Trainor, Darren Ashmore, Aidan Barry and the returning listener/singer, Andrew Morris.
A variety of questions were asked to keep the panel on their toes, from Cheltenham Antepost tips to Paddy’s best Christmas party memories – and you can listen to the full podcast below.
With Christmas right round the corner, Ruby was asked about Kauto Star and which King George victory he would like to relive.
He replied: “The last one for sure. The first was brilliant and he was a steering job in runs two, three and four but the last one was the best one. He’d been beaten in January of that year and Long Run was favourite but he turned it on. I’d have another go at the last run at Kempton for obvious reasons!”
The gang were also quizzed on their picks for runners who lost recently or are underrated as the build up for Cheltenham begins.
Frank had two thoughts in Minella Indo and The Bosses Oscar.
“You can definitely forgive Minella Indo’s run at Down Royal in October. He’ll be a different horse when he gets back to Cheltenham,” Frank said.
“I wouldn’t give up on The Bosses Oscar either. He’s been beaten three times this year but I have no doubt he’s being aimed at the National Hunt Chase. He’ll get another two runs in before the Chase.”
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Paddy and Ruby both agreed with Frank’s Minella Indo shout, while adding a couple of their own.
“Kilcruit springs to mind as he lost at a really short price. There are so many good horses in Ireland that it’s hard to get a short-price win. Kilcruit should be a different horse before Cheltenham,” added Paddy.
“I also have to say Ingenious Stroke, who I’m involved in. We’re probably looking at a 2m novice handicap for him…”
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Ruby, meanwhile, gave a shoutout to Chacun Pour Soi, saying: “Chacun Pour Soi was poor at Sandown but you can’t write him off for that performance. It depends on the race but don’t forget about him.”
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